Contents tagged with Germany

  • Bundeswehr Inspector General: Germany must prepare for potential conflict within five years

    Germany should be ready for a conflict with Russia within five years, according to Lt. Gen. Carsten Breuer, the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). In an interview with the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, he asserted that enhancing combat readiness to wartime levels entails not only personnel readiness and material provision but also a necessary shift in the mindset of both society at large and the German military.

    With the Russian war against Ukraine, Breuer noted that the …

  • German Chancellor Scholz calls for continued support for Ukraine during Washington visit

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, during his visit to Washington, addressed American senators, calling for further assistance to Ukraine. "It was great to speak with members of the US Senate from both parties again. Ukraine needs our united support to defend itself against Russian aggression," the chancellor wrote early on Friday, February 9, on social network X.

    Scholz arrived in the United States the day before. This marks his third visit to Washington as the head of the German government. …

  • Scholz urges European nations to increase financial and military aid to Ukraine

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has renewed calls for European partners to bolster financial and military support for Ukraine. With difficulties facing U.S. President Joe Biden in passing a new aid package for Kyiv through Congress, supporters of Ukraine are in a particularly challenging position, stated Scholz at a meeting with German Social Democratic Party members of the European Parliament in Berlin on Sunday, January 28. Consequently, he emphasized that Europe must discuss "how each can …

  • Russia condemns Germany's 'confrontational' defense strategy

    Russian authorities have accused Germany of pursuing hostile policies towards Moscow. "The fact that Germany has chosen a path of decisive confrontation with Russia is no secret," said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for the President of the Russian Federation, on Friday, January 26. Meanwhile, the Kremlin highlighted the need to "closely examine" Germany's operational defense plan (OPLAN), which Berlin is developing in case of increased tensions and the need to protect the country. Russian …

  • Germany announces first delivery of military helicopters to Ukraine

    Germany has decided to commence its first-ever shipment of military helicopters to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Armed Forces will receive six Sea King Mk41 multipurpose helicopters, necessary equipment, and accompanying spare parts, according to a statement issued by the German Defense Ministry on Tuesday, January 23, shortly after the conclusion of another "Ramstein format" meeting.

    Furthermore, Ukrainian military personnel will undergo essential training for the operation and maintenance of these …

  • Pressure mounts on German Chancellor to supply Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles

    Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz is facing increased pressure from the opposition CDU/CSU bloc to supply Ukraine with Taurus long-range missiles, as announced by CDU chairman Friedrich Merz. The conservatives plan to call a parliamentary vote on the issue following a report by the Bundestag's armed forces commissioner Eva Högl, said Merz on Tuesday, January 16.

    Looking at the worsening situation in Ukraine, Merz said that "there are no prospects" for the Ukrainian army to repel Russian forces …

  • Unidentified drones persistently hover over German military bases during Ukrainian troops training

    In Germany, federal authorities have been trying for more than a year to determine the origin of drones appearing above barracks and military grounds, where both German and Ukrainian troops undergo training, reports Bild.

    Nils Hilmer, the State Secretary at the country's Defence Ministry, acknowledged the issue to German parliamentarians: "So far, we have been unsuccessful in capturing any drones or their operators."

    Suspicious drones are spotted above military bases and barracks in Germany …

  • German politicians urge Chancellor Scholz to supply Ukraine with Taurus missiles amid increasing Russian attacks

    In Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz is facing increasing pressure from a range of political forces regarding whether Ukraine should strike targets within Russia amid increasing Russian attacks, and whether Germany should supply Ukraine with long-range precision Taurus cruise missiles, reports the newspaper Rheinische Post.

    The publication notes that the Russian army continues to inflict mass strikes on Ukraine. Experts believe Russia is seeking to deplete Ukraine's supplies over the winter and …

  • Germany's Green Party: Ukraine's Leopard tanks in need of urgent repair

    Out of the 18 Leopard 2A6 tanks supplied by Germany to Ukraine, only a small portion remains combat-ready, said Sebastian Schäfer, the Green Party budget expert, calling for immediate measures to repair them. "Unfortunately, it must be noted that only a very small portion of the tanks supplied to Ukraine remains suitable for combat. The repair process takes a long time because there is a shortage of components at the repair plant in Lithuania," the dpa agency quoted Schäfer's letter sent to …

  • Germany to seize over 720 million euros from Russian financial institution amid EU sanctions

    Germany's Federal Prosecutor, Peter Frank, is planning to seize more than 720 million euros owned by a Russian financial institution and transfer them to the state treasury, reports Spiegel. Germany's Federal Prosecutor's Office confirmed that the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt was requested to confiscate over 720 million euros that are held in accounts of the Russian National Settlement Depository (NSD), a division of the Moscow Stock Exchange.

    The Russian National Settlement Depository …